Welcome Message

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Program Highlights

Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, September 22 - November 10

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, September 24 - November 12

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday November 7.
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Buddhist Studies Course:
Mindfulness in Depth - An Experiential Program for People Who Have Begun a Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness of Dharma - The Hindrances

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, September 30 - November 18
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Sangha Retreats

Weekend Sesshin
Friday, July 10, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, July 12, Noon
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Practice Period at Hokyoji

Located in southeastern Minnesota
Seven-day practice period:
Monday Aug. 31, 5:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 7, 2:00 P.M.

Sesshin only:
Friday Sept. 4, 7:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 7, 2:00 P.M.

Weekly Gatherings

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
(The last Sunday gathering before the August break will be on July 26. Sunday gatherings will resume on Sept. 13.)

Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.
(No Friday gathering on June 19. The last Friday gathering before the August break will be on July 31. Friday gatherings will resume on Sept. 11.)

Meditation Schedule

Wednesday morning, 7:00-8:45 A.M. (No Wednesday morning meditation on June 3. August
dates to be determined.)

Friday evenings, June 12 and July 24
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